On Sunday we saw the Martyn Brothers Jazz Band at the The Preston Cross Hotel
in Bookham. The band included Mike Pointon on Trombone and a great young pianist called Ollie Parfitt. I quarrelled with a group of regulars who had 'reserved' two tables for their friends. When I insisted on taking one of those tables I was declared 'pathetic'; such bad losers.
On Saturday I E-mailed Derek Lake
, Guildford Local Transportation Director of the Surrey County Council regarding the closure of Trodds Lane
in Merrow. I made the following points:
a) This road does not belong to the few rich residents, however much clout they carry with you; it is paid for by Surrey people and should be available for us to use.
b) It is the direct route to and from the Tillingbourne Valley, Dorking, Gatwick and beyond, avoiding the dog-leg via the dreadful Clandon traffic lights.
c) The person or committee who decided on the dangerous chicanes in Trodds Lane is unfit to serve in any capacity regarding road transport.
d) Your arguments for temporary closure make no sense; you seem to be saying that there will be traffic problems on the A246 so you decided to close the alternative route, thus making the situation worse.
e) Because you are in the 'spending' public sector (and worse the 'money-wasting' SCC) can you not understand that those of us in the 'earning' sector who carry your dead weight need to move around efficiently as every minute travelling loses money that you need to support you ?
f) Do you not care about the increased pollution due to longer distances and stop-start driving ?
On Wednesday evening we played a CD that we bought from Mike Piggott
at 'The Cricketers' Horsell Birch, Woking. It features Mike on violin and Piers Clark
on 1934 Gibson L5 acoustic guitar. We loved every track. Their version of China Boy is better than that by Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt and Piers improves Eddie Lang's April Kisses. However, my favourite is the beautiful 'Kiss to Build a dream on'.
On Monday evening at The Cricketers in Horsell, we saw The Mike Piggot Trio
featuring Mike on violin, Nils Solberg on Guitar and the greatest living bass player, Peter Morgan. fantastic night out and free admission !
On Sunday I revised the following web pages:
3 phase converter
3 phase convertor
To include the latest international suppliers of Boosters.
I had to return the shirts I bought from Strauss Direct
because they sent the wrong size. I kept the gloves because they fit and are excellent value for money.
On Sunday we saw the Savannah Jazz Band
at the The Preston Cross Hotel
in Bookham. Great music, great dancing and Gales real ale. This band is definitely worth seeing again.
Today I ordered 3 thermal shirts and two pairs of gloves from Strauss Direct
. Prices are amazingly cheap until 24 January.
On Tuesday evening we saw the Martin Litton / Nils Solberg
Rhythm All Stars at the Carshalton Jazz Club. The addition to the 'Rhythm Boys' line-up of Mike Piggot on violin added a new dimension to the performance. Great band and great web site from Nils.
Today we went to the National Gallery
in London. There was a special exhibition of Degas and his techniques, including a short film. Our only complaints were inadequate lavatories and restaurant food that was insufficiently hot (we sent the soup back to be heated further).
On Friday we had another enquiry for a 3 phase transformer with neutral. For such applications we supply 'zig-zag' transformers, although these are not yet shown on the electrical transformer
web page. The last one we delivered was solely to provide a neutral but the latest enquiry wants step-up from US to European voltage. What we need is a list of all possible US phase-to-phase voltages.